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Welcome: Issue 2, PLACE. PROPERTY. OPPORTUNITY.

WITH BREXIT LOOMING, THE FUTURE IS FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTY. FOR BOTH LANDOWNERS AND DEVELOPERS, THE UPCOMING ECONOMIC CHALLENGES WILL BE TRYING, BUT WITH THESE CHALLENGES COME OPPORTUNITIES. HOW WE USE THE PLACES AND SPACES AROUND US IS CRITICAL IN NOT ONLY THRIVING – BUT SOLVING THE VERY PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE.

Fear mongering about the UK’s future is widespread. It’s true – the challenges of Brexit, global warming, housing shortages and the energy crisis are serious issues that’ll transform our social, economic and physical landscapes. But with these concerns come opportunities; renewable energies, new development opportunities and more profitable, sustainable land assets. How we make use of the spaces around us will be instrumental in taking advantage of these opportunities over the upcoming years.

THIS ISSUE - WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SPACES, PROPERTY AND OPPORTUNITY

Traditionally, the lands around us were used for one purpose; Agriculture. Commerce. Development. Leisure. Now, in 2016, the reality is quite different. Diversifying activities is becoming increasingly popular; over 50% of farms in the UK are now diversified. Forward-thinking land owners and developers are looking at existing spaces and places in a different light – seeing opportunities that’ll help in surviving and thriving in the future.

When it comes to the UK’s land and property, the potential for increased efficiency and profitability has never been higher. Green energy technology can transform sites into self-sufficient, environmentally-sustainable hubs. At the same time, unused or less profitable land and assets can be developed to both increase revenues and offer solutions to the ever-urgent housing crisis. Through diversification, land owners and developers are posed with opportunities that aren’t just economic; but a chance to solve the very social
and environmental issues that have a local, national and global impact.

KEY TAKEAWAY - THE FUTURE IS DIVERSIFICATION

Within this issue of Outlook magazine, we discuss how you can not only survive through the upcoming challenges, but thrive by changing your perspective on how your land is to be used. From rural housing to eco-friendly energy generation, learn about the opportunities available to better use your land – and the steps you need to take for a more sustainable, successful future for yourself, your land assets, your business, and the environment.

You can find Outlook magazine on the VG Consulting website each quarter. We focus on sharing our environmental and planning knowledge with you to keep you updated, informed, and better positioned to make the right choices for your next project. To make sure you never miss our free magazine, visit vg-consulting.co.uk/signup-outlook to receive new issues straight to your inbox. We look forward to sharing our insights, perspectives and industry news with you. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions for subject matter you would like us to explore.

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